This season’s team championship, named in memory of its founder and organiser Patrick Ribbands, will be held on Sunday 13 November at the Moreton Hall Community Centre in Bury St Edmunds (IP32 7EE). The format will be the same as last year: three rounds, Jamboree pairings and a time control of 60 minutes plus a ten second increment. This will enable us to finish around 5.30pm whilst still starting at 10am.
Teams will consist of four players. There will be three rated tournaments: Open, Under 7200 (aggregate rating of four boards) and Under 6400. Clubs may enter teams in more than one tournament. Games will be ECF standard-rated. The rounds will be at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. The pairings for each board for all three rounds will be displayed at the start of the event, and each team will play opponents from all other teams over the course of the day.
As it is a Jamboree tournament please give the names of your players and their ratings when entering. Teams should play in rating order, but a tolerance of 100 rating points will be allowed where captains feel that the ratings do not reflect current playing strength. The ECF ratings published at the beginning of September will be used for both aggregate and board order purposes.
Although designated a team championship it is hoped that teams will be based on clubs as far as possible (or by two clubs coming together), but if there are individual players who would like to take part let Paul know and he will try to assemble a team from them.
Free tea and coffee will be provided. There is a Tesco Express, coffee house, pub and chippy within a couple of minutes walk but you may wish to bring a packed lunch given the quick turnaround between rounds.
Entries should be made by email to Paul Kemp by Sunday 6 November. His contact details are available in the BACL Essentials (and previous BACL Handbooks), or he can be reached via our Contact Page (select the contact type of “League Officer”, Officer of “Treasurer – Paul Kemp”). The entry fee is £20 per team, collected in cash on the day, which will fund venue costs and prizes, the level of which will be determined by the number of entries.
Paul Kemp & Bob Jones